This wikiHow teaches you how to set up a new Nintendo Switch. Setting up a new Nintendo Switch is a bit of lengthy process. You need to charge the console, set up the dock, and then go through the initial system setup process. Use the following steps to set up and configure your new Nintendo Switch.
[Edit]Console Unboxing and Setup
- Remove the Nintendo Switch from the box. A new Nintendo Switch comes with the following items in the box.
- Nintendo Switch tablet console.
- Left and Right Joy-con Controllers.
- Nintendo Switch dock.
- Joy-con controller straps.
- Joy-con controller grip.
- AC Adapter.
- HDMI cable.
- Attach the joy-con controllers to the tablet console. The tablet console is part of the Nintendo Switch with the touch screen. This is the main piece of the Nintendo Switch. The Joy-con controllers are the two attachment pieces that contain an analogue stick and four action buttons and a “+” or “-” button. Slide the track on the side of the joy-con controllers into the side of the console to attach the joy-con controllers. The joy-con with the “-” button goes on the left. The joy-con with the “+” button goes on the right.
- Open the back-panel of the Nintendo Switch dock. The Nintendo Switch dock is the black, rectangle-shaped box that comes with the Nintendo Switch. The back-panel is the side that has the oval-shaped Nintendo logo. Place your fingers in the slot above the panel to grip the back-panel door and pull to open it. The back-panel contains ports for the AC Adapter, HDMI cable, and a USB port for additional Nintendo Switch accessories. There is a slot on the side of the dock for wires to run through.
- Connect the AC Adapter to the dock. Plug the AC Adapter that came with the Nintendo Switch into an electrical outlet. Plug the other end of the electrical outlet into the port labeled “AC Adapter” in the back-panel of the Nintendo Switch dock. Run the cable through slot on the side of the dock.
- Connect the HDMI cable from your TV to the dock. Connect an HDMI cable to a free HDMI port on your TV to the port labeled “HDMI Out” in the back-panel of Nintendo Switch dock. Run the cable through the slot on the side of the Nintendo Switch dock.
- Place the Nintendo Switch in the dock to charge it. The Nintendo Switch dock is used to charge the Nintendo Switch console, as well as display the Nintendo Switch display on your TV. Place the console in the slot on the top of the Nintendo Switch with the screen facing the same direction as the Nintendo Switch logo on the front. If it is inserted properly, a green light flashes in the lower-left corner of the Nintendo Switch dock. Allow about three and a half hours for the console to charge. The console will also charge the joy-con controllers when they are attached.
- You can also charge the console by connecting the AC Adapter, or any USB-C charger to the port on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch console.
[Edit]Initial System Setup
- Remove the NIntendo Switch from the dock and power it on. Once the Nintendo Switch is charged, remove it from the dock press the Power button to turn it on. The Power button is on the top of the console on the left side. It has an icon with a circle with a line through it. It’s next to the volume buttons at the top.
- Select a language. There are 8 steps to the initial system setup process. They are marked by the 8 dots in the upper-right corner of the screen. The first step is to select the language you speak from the list displayed on the screen.
- To select an item on the Nintendo Switch, you can double tap it on the screen, or use the left joy-con controller to navigate to it, and press A on the right joy-con controller to select it.
- Select your region. The Nintendo Switch has four market regions. The Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico, South America), Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and Japan. Select the region you live in.
- Accept the End-User License Agreement and select . Tap or select the checkbox next to “Accept” to accept the End-User License Agreement. If you wish to read the End-User License Agreement, select the black box that says “View End-User License Agreement”. Select Next when you are ready to continue.
- Select a wireless network. The Nintendo Switch scans for local wireless networks during the initial setup process. Select your preferred wireless network and use the on-screen keyboard to enter your wireless password. Select Ok or press the “+” button on the right joy-con controller to continue. You will be alerted if the Nintendo Switch successfully connects to the network. Select Ok to continue.
- If you are using a wired connection, you will need to purchase a wired LAN adapter. Connect a network cable to the wired LAN adapter, and connect the wired LAN adapter to the USB port in the back-panel of the Nintendo Switch dock. Select “Wired connection” during the network setup portion of the initial setup process.
- Select a time zone. If you don’t see your city listed in the list of time zones, select another city in your time zone.
- Select . For the next step, the Nintendo Switch will walk you through the process of connecting to your TV. If you don’t wish to do this right now, you can select to do this at a later time.
- Detach the joy-con controllers and select . To detach the joy-con controllers, press and hold the round button on the back of the joy-con controllers next to the ZR and ZL buttons. While holding the round button, slide up to detach the joy-con controllers. Select Next when you are ready to continue.
- You can use the kickstand on the back of the console to prop it up while holding the joy-con controllers. Read “How to Open the Nintendo Switch Kickstand” to learn more about how to use the kickstand and joy-con controllers.
- Select to read the dock setup instructions. If you haven’t already done so, set up the Nintendo Switch dock as outlined on screen, or in the instructions in Part 1. Select Next on each of the dock setup instructions.
- Select the Nintendo Switch input source on your TV. Use your TV remote to select the HDMI source you connected your Nintendo Switch to.
- Place the Nintendo Switch console in the dock and select . When you place the Nintendo Switch in the dock, the image on the Nintendo Switch screen should automatically display on your TV. If you see the image on your TV, select Success. If you do not see an image on your TV, remove the Nintendo Switch from the dock and select No Image on TV Screen for further instructions.
- Select to create a new account. The next step in the Nintendo Switch setup process is to create a new user account. Select Next to continue.
- Select an user icon. There are a variety of icons of Nintendo characters you can select as the icon for your user account. You can also select Mii to create a Mii, you would like.
- Read “How To Create A Mii on Nintendo Switch” to learn more about how to create a Mii.
- Create an user nickname and select . Use the on-screen keyboard to type a nickname for the user and select Ok.
- Select or . If you want to add more users, select Add another user and select an icon and nickname. When you have added all the users you want, select Skip.
- Select or . If you want to set up parental controls, select Configure Parental Controls and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need to download an app for your smartphone to use parental controls. If you do not wish to configure parental controls, select Skip to finish the setup process.
- Read “How To Use Parental Controls on Nintendo Switch” to learn more about how to set Parental Controls on the Nintendo Switch.
- Press the Home button on the left joy-con controller. The Nintendo Switch setup process is now complete. Press the Home button to go to the home screen. It’s the button that resembles a house on the right joy-con controller.
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